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Being Stealthy

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A Quick Overview of Stealth

Being stealthy in Skyrim is very important, as it allows you to pick your fights, perform a bit of skulduggery, and perhaps start out fights with a devastating sneak attack. When you enter sneak mode your status is denoted by the eye in the center of the screen that replaces the crosshair. When the eye is fully closed (looks like a line broken by a dot) you’re completely undetected. The “HIDDEN” text under the icon sometimes appears to remind you of this face.

As others (hostile or not) become aware of you, the eye will begin to open. In combat situations basically any hostile action will arouse suspicion (casting spells, shooting arrows), usually provoking the enemy to investigate, When the eye is fully open (often accompanied by the word “DETECTED”) you’re no longer hidden and may suffer the consequences. Successfully sneaking is dependant upon many factors, including an enemy’s line of sight, proximity, darkness, movement speed and the weight of worn armor (and hence the sound made by moving) all play a role.

Slinking around in the darkness will level your Sneak score (left) which in turn will allow you to remain hidden and perhaps perform devastating sneak attacks.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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